On Feb. 20, severe storms in Franklin significantly damaged the historic powerhouse shed at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, a Franklin City park located across from the Factory at Franklin on Columbia Avenue. The powerhouse is a semi-open building to the south side of the main barn at Harlinsdale, next to the dog park. Parks Department staff are evaluating the damage, and have notified Williamson County Emergency Management officials.
“This Power House has been on the Farm since the 1930s. We are reviewing the damage and considering our next steps for repair or demolition,” said Parks Director Lisa Clayton.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and was a battle site during the Army of Tennessee’s retreat from Nashville. This land was the site of heavy fighting between the Confederate infantry and Federal cavalry. This property is also credited as the birthplace of the walking horse industry in Tennessee. Harlinsdale was a horse breeding farm and home of “Midnight Sun” who stood for 25 years. Harlinsdale is protected with a conservation easement held by the Land Trust for Tennessee.
The park will remain open. The public is asked not to go beyond the roped off areas.